Jessica Davis (Columbia): The Ideal School: Justifications and Parameters for the Creation of Philosophy-Based High Schools (2012). Kate Rousmaniere on the principal, the most misunderstood person in all of education (and more). Class Action: An Activist Teacher's Handbook is a project of Jacobin magazine and the Chicago Teachers Union's CORE Caucus. Ryan Fuller on how teaching isn’t rocket science — it’s harder. Joshua Davis on how a radical new teaching method could unleash a generation of geniuses. Natasha Vargas-Cooper on why we should stop teaching novels to high school students. Coding kids: The latest language-learning trend has nothing to do with words. A debate on math and science for more than just geeks. Finding classroom rigor in a global curriculum: Should U.S. schools offer International Baccalaureate programs, either exclusively or in addition to traditional high school diplomas? Felix Salmon on how Tumblr and GitHub could be the future of education. Khan Academy’s free SAT classes show how online education could be awesome. A new SAT aims to realign with schoolwork: The College Board said it would eliminate obligatory essays and cut obscure vocabulary words in an effort to make its college admission exams focus on important academic skills. Todd Balf on the story behind the SAT overhaul. The president of Bard College says recent changes to the SAT are motivated by the competition that College Board has experienced with its arch rival, the ACT, rather than any serious soul searching. Anthony P. Carnevale on five myths about the SAT. Big score: Elizabeth Kolbert on when mom takes the SATs. The Opt-Outers: What happens if enough New York parents say they don’t want their kids to take tests?